Exclusive: Billy Porter’s Anything’s Possible Premieres at Outfest LA Ahead of Amazon Release

On the heels of his three-season, Emmy-winning run on the Ryan Murphy TV series Pose and his supporting turn in Amazon’s remake of Cinderella, Billy Porter is making his debut as a director with the streaming platform’s newest film Anything’s Possible. It’s a coming of age movie that centers around trans high school senior Kelsa (played by Eva Reign in her feature-film debut) and her boyfriend Khal (played by Abubakr Ali, who will star in Netflix’s upcoming series Grendel), as they navigate the pressures of preparing for life after graduation and the politics surrounding their newfound relationship.

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On July 14, Anything’s Possible opened this year’s Outfest LA Film Festival ahead of its July 22 release on Amazon Prime Video. Porter, Reign, Ali, and other members of the film’s cast and crew attended the premiere, with Porter stunning in a hot pink Helen Anthony coat dress. Per Deadline, Porter’s speech during the film’s screening included impassion remarks about the state of American politics, referencing, in particular, the Supreme Court’s recent overturn of Roe v. Wade — “[Expletive] SCOTUS!” the actor said to applause — and its corollary threat towards rulings that project same-sex marriage and consensual sex.

In our interview while promoting Anything’s Possible, Reign and Ali remarked upon the film’s Outfest premiere. “Outfest was pretty lit,” Reign said. “I had a lot of fun. There was so much good energy.” Ali added, “We were surrounded by a lot — a lot — of love. At the end of the day, we met so many people [we’d] never met before. And the level of love from every single one of them was moving to me. It was very inspirational.”

Cinderella Inspired Anything’s Possible’s Amazon Premiere

Anything’s Possible was originally intended for a theatrical release, but, according to Porter in an interview with Variety, “The only things that are doing well in movie theaters right now are Marvel movies and blockbusters.” As a result, when Amazon acquired the distribution rights to the film, the decision was made to release on the streamer. Indeed, the success Porter’s previous film with the streamer, 2021’s Cinderella starring Camila Cabello, cemented the switch. In that same interview with Variety, Porter added, “Eyeballs will be on [Anything’s Possible] because you can watch it from your house. Honey, you can watch it from your phone if you want to. And that’s the audience that it’s for.”

Anything’s Possible ultimately marks a progressive movie for the industry, particularly when it comes to mainstream movies about transgender characters. More than anything, it’s a story about LGBTQ+ joy, which is significant at a time when, as Porter proselytized at the film’s Outfest screening, political legislation and rhetoric have targeted trans and LGBTQ+ youth in America.

Outfest LA runs from July 14-24, with programming and scheduling details available on the festival’s website. Anything’s Possible is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on July 22.